Table 1 below shows that the overall institutional response rate was 69% of institutions. Responses were higher from universities and lower for CEGEPs.
Table 1: Response rate by type of institution
|Full questionnaire||Short questionnaire||Total response|
|Colleges except Quebec||54||81||67||1||55||81||68|
Resp. = responding institutions; Pop. = all institutions in population base
The response rate tended to be lower from the smaller institutions (see Table 2).
Table 2: Response rate by size range of colleges (including CEGEPs)
It can be seen that 15 out of the 19 colleges with more than 10,000 students responded (79%), compared to 59% for those colleges with fewer than 2000 students.
A similar pattern was observed for the universities. For the 29 universities with fewer than 7,500 students, the response rate was 62%, but 86% for the 43 with more than 7,500 students. Nevertheless, the response rate for all size ranges of institution was 50% or more, including for small colleges and CEGEPs.
Since there was a higher response from the larger institutions, the survey responders represent institutions with 78% of the student population base, as can be seen from Table 3.
Table 3: Student headcounts for institutions responding compared to overall student headcounts.
|Survey responders||Student population|
Also there is a broad spread of institutional representation in the survey for almost all the provinces and territories (Table 4):
Table 4: Response rate by province
Responses from Quebec as a whole were slightly lower than average (60% for all Quebec institutions) compared with that for the universities and colleges outside Québec (72%). The response to the national survey may have been influenced by a similar request for extensive enrolment data at the same time by the Québec Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.
Overall, especially considering that this was a voluntary survey, the responses provide an excellent, representative sample of colleges and universities across all provinces, and across all sizes of institution, representing 69% of all institutions and 78% of all students studying for institutional credit at Canadian public post-secondary institutions.